Shade Tree Commission


We had such a wonderful time making popcorn & cranberry garlands with our neighbors!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent to make a garland, or purchase an ornament or ‘little house’! The proceeds of our sales will go directly to planting trees in Rutledge next year!

If you still wish to purchase a ‘little house’ or collection of houses, please email Rachel at !

Check out our RECENT EVENTS page to see what we’ve been up to this year!


Every year, PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) offers basic tree care classes across Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley. The program offers hands-on tree care training; covering biology, identification, planting and proper care of trees. If you have ever wanted to know more about trees, and care for the trees in your yard, this is the perfect opportunity to learn! Check out the PHS Tree Tenders page here.

The cost of the 3-class series or 1-day training is normally $25. Register with us, and The Rutledge Shade Tree Commission will pay for your class in full.


The Rutledge Borough Shade Tree Commission exists to serve the community as an advisory resource to Borough Council as well as residents on all matters regarding trees on properties both public and private. The Shade Tree Commission aims to actively re-forrest Rutledge’s once tree-lined streets. With the knowledge of best practices and practiced arboricultural experience, The Shade Tree Commission intends to encourage and empower Rutledge residents to invest in the ecology of their property and their community through planting trees. Together as neighbors, we will beautify our community and set an example of environmental stewardship for future generations in Rutledge.

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